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>> what did it sound like? >> a lot of loud wind. everything crashing down around you. waiting for my apartment to crash down on the and end round the corner. luckily it didn't. everyone made it out okay. >> the same system brought blinding rain and wind as high as 70 miles an hour to the dallas-fort worth area. rocking the gas station awning back and forth before it toppled over. >> the wind was blowing hard. had two cars underneath the we got them out. just before it fell down onto the pumps. >> reporter: water rose quickly in dallas suburbs leading to rescues. not just from cars but from the school bus. six children were taken from thigh-high waltter to safety. despite damage like this the only storm related death is a canoe cap sized near houston. the threat is not over yet. the system could dump a foot of rain in parts as it moves to
louisiana, arkansas over the next two dates. >> manuel, thanks. >> soaking rain in northern california that may have caused a commuter train to derail last night. john blackstone is in alameda county. >> reporter: the priority today is clearing the tracks of the disabled five-car commuter train. the most challenging part lifting the car that slid some 50 feet down a steep bank into a fast flowing river. last night a scene of sudden chaos and peril. >> well are having a difficult time figuring how to access anybody. >> reporter: the call to the sheriff's department after 7:00 p.m. a commuter train carrying 214 feel had run off the tracks. >> at that moment i realized something was wrong. i held on tulo the rails. right then the train flipped over. >> reporter: the lead car landed in the stream. water rising quickly. >> i just parade that everyone was going to be okay. it is scary.
still scary. but -- but, you know somebody was watching over us tonight. everybody got out. >> reporter: officials suspect a mudslide caused the crash after a soggy weekend in san francisco bay area with 3 to 4 inches of rain in the canyon where the train derailed. there were a few injuries. none was life threatening. sheriff's deputy, j.d. nelson. >> we have had nine people went to the hospital. i called it minor miracle. >> railway officials expect to have the clean-up work finished and the track cleared by tonight. and scott, they're hoping to have the line open and ready for service tomorrow. >> john blackstone, thank yous. >> on wall straet eetstreet, std lower in part because of the economic slowdown in china. the communist government there is struggling to manage enormous debt, shaky stock markets and growing perception it may not be equal to the task. seth doan is in beijing.
>> reporter: at this roadside beijing job fair those searching for work told us it's getting tougher. does china's slowing economy affect you personally in any way? >> translator: yes i can feel the pressure she told us. the economy is slowing. industries are facing lots of changes. >> they have spent massive amounts of money building unnecessary things. >> reporter: this professor says michael pettis china faces a debt crisis after borrowing tens of trillions of dollars for iffy investments, real estate and shipping. >> beijing has never gotten its arms around the problem of debt. until it does, things will continue to get worse. >> reporter: now china is trying to rebalance its economy. leading to massive layoffs and government owned industries. bought mid the backdrop of labor protest thousands. state media has run a slew of
glowing, good news stories. and the president visited top state media outlets in february urging the press to pledge loyalty to the communist party. it is an effort to control the story and project stability. >> the fear is. it is possible for beijing to mismanage the process and for it to be much more disruptive than expected. >> reporter: china's government fried to convince the world that the economy is not in peril. it is still'clear if that is just wishful thinking. seth doan, cbs news, beijing. a trail blazer for women has died. elizabeth strofus earned two congressional gold medals for her work as world war ii military pilot. she was 96. and will be buried in her native minnesota. women are not allowed to be
buried at the premier cemetery. a battle that is not over. here is david martin. >> elaine harman, her war time service immortalized in news reels. >> the first woman in the history america. a wasp, women air force service pilot. one of 1,000 who signed up during world war ii when a shortage of male pilots forced the military to do what it had never done. >> the training program is exactly the same as what male ka dealts were going through all over the country. >> the wasps were not sent into combat but reamemained state si. >> she trained male pilots that needed refresher courses on planes or learn about new planes coming out. >> reporter: aaron miller's grandmother died last year at 95. >> what were her wishes when she passed away? >> her wishes were to be buried at arlington cemetery. >> she left handwritten
instructions. the director of arlington denied the request saying serving in the wasps is not the same as active duty service as a member of the department of defense. >> the army said no to the wrong family. >> sexism, gender discrimination. the only issue that did not allow them to be military. hangups about the role of women in the military. >> her family turned to congressman martha mcsally one of the first female comb battle pilots following a path first blazed by the wasps. >> think about the irony here. the military announced they're opening up all positions to will tine serve in unifor, the very same time they're closing the gates to arlington on pioneer whose paved the way. >> reporter: officials at arlington saying allowing wasps to be buried there would set a precedent for hundreds of thousand of americans, the merchant marine who served in world war ii and increase the waiting time for burial which already can be up to ten months. that's about how long elaine
harman's ashes have been stored in her granddaughter's closet waiting to find ape resting place. david martin, cbs news, arlington, national cemetery. today a new warning about the zika virus. and sponsors fall out of love with (sounds of birds whistling) ♪ music ♪ introducing new k-y touch gel crème. for massage and intimacy. every touch, gently intensified. a little touch is all it takes. k-y touch. i think we should've taken a tarzan know where tarzan go! tarzan does not know where tarzan go.
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maria sharapova. the first tennis superstar suspended for doping. here's allie leforce of cbs sports. >> the five time grand slam winner shocked the tennis world yesterday of her announcement she tested positive in january for using a banned substance. >> i made a huge mistake. and i -- i let my fans down. i have let the sport down. >> the drug in question is mmeldonium. given to soviet troops to boost stamina during the afghan war, band by world anti-doping agency this skrjanuary for enhancing endurance and oxygen intake. she had been taking the drug since 2006, low magnesium, heart issues and risk of diabetes. four other international athletes have been caught using the drug in the last two months. sharapova is the world's highest
paid female athlete. of the $29 million she made last year, $23 million were in endorsements alone. three of her main sponsors including nike, tag, and porsche said they're all cutting lucrative deals with the star. >> the fact that they have taken this very aggressive stance, not wait and see, not let's wait until appeals process is through, within hours they're distancing themselves with a client. that send a very powerful message. >> despite the controversy, fellow athlete, serena williams is stand buying her friend. >> most people were surprised and shocked by maria. at the same time i think most people were happy that she was up front and very honest to admit to what she had done. >> sharapova is facing up to a four-year ban. her best shot for getting it reduced if her and her legal team can convince everyone that she needed to take this for medical reasons which seems like a long shot at this point. >> thank you, allie.
lucky shot, no way. that is steph curry of the golden state warriors hitting his 300th three pointer this season. as he changes the way the game is played. here's jeff glor. >> reporter: on the courts there is no spot safe from stephen curry. he is a relatively small player who just can't stop hitting big threes. including this game winning 338-footer. >> what a shot for curry. >> is there precedence for this?
>> not at all. >> reporter: a national basketball writer for "the washington post." >> everybody is cap vated by the guy who looks like a guy you could walk by on the street you wouldn't notice he is an nba player. kind of an every man. he goes on the court dominating everyone in ways we haven't seen before. funny, my son doesn't want to dunk. he wants to get threes. >> that's really the impact he has had. all people want to do is shoot crazy three pointers. >> reporter: curry on pace to hit 400 three pointers this year. old record was 286. his own for last year. >> rather shoot the ball and try to do it at a high level. >> a soft-spoken star, curry is part of basketball blood. his father dell was a sharp shooting 16 year pro. daughter riley now steals the show at press conferences. but many forget stephen was not an immediate nba hit. he battled bad ankle injuries and only blossom in his fourth year. critics say he benefits from softer defensive play. as if any defense could stop
this. >> nails it! >> what do you make of this criticism? >> their opinion matters. they're trying to view the game the way they played it. it is not something you can do. >> this is the way steph curry plays it? >> reporter: the way steph curry plays it is fun. >> reporter: with every theatrical three, stephen curry is expanding the definition of a basketball superstar. >> it's good! >> reporter: jeff glor, cbs news, new york. >> that's the "cbs overnight news" for this wednesday. for some of you the news continues. for others check back with us a little bit later for the morning news. and cbs this morning. from the broadcast center in new york city, i'm scott pelley.
welcome to the overnight news. i'm michelle miller. united states officials say they believe they scored a major victory in the battle against the islamic state. the group's so-called minister of war is believed to have been killed last week during a coalition air strike in syria. a former sergeant in the georgian army who joined islamic state and was in charge of all isis forces in northern syria. he was also reportedly commander of the group's special forces units. he is on the u.s. list of global terrorists with a $5 million bounty on his head. he was targeted outside of the town which was captured after a fierce battle with the islamic
state. holly williams was there. >> al-shadati was liberated from isis last week after a three day battle that left parts of the town flattened. the building still standing are adorned with isis slogans. but it is now under the control of the syrian democratic forces, an arab kurdish alliance backed by the u.s. >> this was the isis police station. the islamic police station. >> reporter: commander told us that u.s. coalition air strikes helped her fighters defeat the extremists. but some paid a terrible price for the victory. zara suliman's son baz was 20 years old killed in the city. if needed we will all fight against isis, she told us. and we will take revenge on them for the lives of these young martyrs. the syrian democratic forces are
little more than a rag tag army. but they have captured territory from isis. and the group is now america's most effective partner on the ground in syria. >> this colonel told us his fighters have been given over 100 tons of ammunition by the u.s.-led coalition in the last six months. he said they have also asked for anti-tank missiles and machine guns. has the u.s. given you've any weapons that you asked for? >> no. he told us. so far, all we have had are promises. >> reporter: one of the reasons the u.s. may be reluctant to give weapons to the syrian democratic forces they're accused of coordinating with russia and have a long standing truce with the syrian regime. but they fought courageously against isis and remain america's most important partner inside syria. in northern syria, turkey's army has been exchanging artillery
fire with islamic state militants. turkey's prime minister says rockets from isis held territory rain down on the turkish border town killing a woman and a 4-year-old child. the cease-fire in parts of syria does not include the islamic state it does include the ancient city of aleppo. elizabeth palmer reports. >> reporter: for three years, in the heart of aleppo, rebels battle syrian soldiers. and by the time the army won, the world had lost one of its greatest cultural jewels. the city's ancient market. there are some things that people on both side of this very bitter conflict have in common. one is the destruction. terrible here in the government controlled area. and down there, where the opposition hold ground it is just as the bad. the other things they share are exhaustion and misery. you see that on every side in a poor neighborhood right on the front line.
where tarps shield residents from the eyes of snipers. and families eke out life in the ruins. scan we come up and see you? the ganzi family invited us inside. there is no running water or electricity. in their tiny apartment, she explains that her son, a soldier, was killed in action. without his salary, everyone including the five grandchildren is surviving on charity. downstairs there is a soccer game. hamid is fast on his crutches now. if the's been a year since a rocket took off his leg. no, she's, i was doing errand with my mom. people can still do errand and shop for food in the parts of aleppo that haven't been smashed to bits. and since the cease fierks the mood has lightened. back in the old city, the officer in charge tells me things are quiet here too.
the soldiers are relaxed. stocking up on supplies in spite of the odd rebel pot shot. but, what's next? how do you think this will end? i'm hoping for negotiation he's tells me. we have already spilled too much blood. everyone we spoke to scott, battered and ground down by this terrible war is hoping for peace through negotiation. but at the very same time, the syrian army is tightening a siege on the opposition held side of aleppo so things could get a lot worse before they get any better. the u.s.-led coalition is stepping up operations against the islamic state in northern iraq. forces are gathering for a battle to retake the second largest city, mosul. holly williams has been traveling through out the war zen and h-- zone and has this report. 20 miles from mosul, these
kurdish soldiers are jumpy. this was the response when they spotted two suspected isis gunmen approaching their post. isis managed to break through the front line. in it biggest attack here in months. the kurdish soldiers pushed them back and told us they killed nearly 100 fighters. crossing into no-man's land. we inspected all that remained of a humvee. detonated by the suicide bomber driving it. isis will doubtless use the same ruthless tactics to defend mosul. isis is that to have several thousand fighters in mosul. but now they're stopping civilians from leaving the city which means effectively that isis has more an a million human shield. when isis swept across northern iraq, nearly two years ago,
iraqi soldiers ran away. now, american troops are back training the national army to retake the city. the colonel, an american adviser to iraqi military told us this time the u.s. coalition has shaped a different army. >> the skills that they have received, small unit tactics, how to breach minefield, how to defeat improvise, explosive devices. these are skills that they didn't have previously. >> but will they stay the course? the general told us he will lead the mosul offensive when it finally begins. >> i think about -- about 75 are -- 80% from the people in mosul. they would support us. >> 80% will support you. 20% are still supporting isis? >> yeah, with isis. >> but a u.s. intelligence official told congress last month that it is unlikely mosul will be recaptured before next
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thousand of well wishers are expected at the ronald reagan presidential library paying last respects to nancy reagan. the first lady died sunday at her home in los angeles. she was 94. the white house says first lady michelle obama will attend the private funeral friday. ben tracy at the presidential library with more. >> reporter: mrs. obama is following tra difgs a sitting first lady attending the funeral of former first lady. the funeral friday will be private. the public will have wednesday and thursday to come to the library as mrs. reagan lays in repez to say good-bye. flags were lowered to half staff at the white house and here at the reagan presidential library
where they are preparing to honor nancy reagan including two days for the public to say good-bye. what do you estimate in terms of the public coming for the two days? >> tens of thousand. >> reporter: how are prepared are you? >> as prepared as we can get. something that is years into the planning. >> reporter: presidents and first lady begin preparing funeral plans while in office. so like the elaborate funeral for president reagan in 2004, this event has been decade in the making. melissa giller is the spokesperson for the reagan library. how involved was mrs. reagan in the planning for her funeral? >> very, very, very. all the way done to the pallbearers that will walk with her casket, people reading as part of the program. >> reporter: guest list include 1,000 people, most chosen by mrs. reagan herself. invitations were e-mailed monday. guests are expected to include politicians, foreign dignitaries and some of the reagan's hollywood friend. >> will the republican presidential candidate be
invited? >> i think our view on that is if they ask to be invited in all likelihood we will, we well honor that. >> i suppose on the democrat side, hillary clinton is in a different category, a former first lady. >> if hillary clinton were to come it was be as former first lady. that is something that is more by tradition. >> reporter: now the republicans have a debate thursday night in miami. so it will be interesting to see if any of them show up here friday morning in california. one potential problem on friday, there is rain in the forecast. folks here at the library tell us they have had long had a rain and shine plan. >> the world of women's tennis saying good-bye to one of its biggest stars at laeast for now. maria sharapova failed day drug test and will be barred from in the national play starting this weekend. she could face a four year suspension. >> this is shocking the ten tis world. maria sharapova reigned as the
highest paid female athlete in the world for more than a decade. the 28-year-old's unexpected announcement could be a fatal blow to her career and also the sport is taking a huge hit. >> i take great responsibility and professionalism in my job every single day. and i made a huge mistake. >> maria sharapova admitted monday to testing positive for the drug meldonium. >> i let my fans down. and the sport down. >> reporter: she said she had been taking the subtans for a decade to treat numerous health issues. world anti-doping agency banned the drug january 1st. >> i received a letter on december 22nd. and a link to -- to a button where you can press to see prohibited items for 2016. i did not look at that list. >> it is very difficult to understand how no one on her team would have made a point to
look at that list. >> manufactured in latvia, it is intend ford heart problems not approved for use in the united states. it banned the drug evidence of use by athletes with intention of enhancing performance. russian born sharapova is a tennis powerhouse winning five grand slam titles. matched by lucrative endorsement deals from companies including nike, tiffany, and porsche. critics say sharapova's response raises questions both for sharapova and the sport. to have her out of the picture, out of the scene for even six months or a year would be quite devastating for women's tennis. >> astronaut scott kelly said it was easier to adjust to life in space for a year than to get used to gravity on earth. he lived on in the national space station for 340 days. nasa continues testing him to determine how extended space
travel impacts the huma body. kelly spoke with our correspondent who reports from inside the johnston space center in houston. >> seem to be walking funny, the effects of this, right? >> yeah, my legs are not feeling good. >> astronaut scott kelly getting used to walking on earth again. soreness one of the effect of spending nearly a year in zero gravity. >> my legs are a little swollen still from the, from all of the fluid that shifts up to our heads and, and in space, gets, now, pushed back done into my legs. your body has been through some stuff? >> yeah, yeah. >> it is currently still going through it. >> i will show you my legs later when the cameras get turned off. >> what was the toughest part about it? >> i think it is -- for me, it's being away from your loved ones. your friend, your family. a year is not short. but it was very rewarding.
it was, enjoyable. it was something -- i feel privileged to having got to do. >> nasa is testing the effects of long duration space travel for future mission to mars. kelly came with a huge bonus, identical twin, as tre naught mark kelly studied on earth to determine how time and space impacted scott. >> there is a difference between 159 days, previous flight. and this experience at 340. so i am pretty sure they are going to see differences between me in space for that long and him on earth without, without question. >> they are delicious. >> while he wasn't busy with more than 400 experiments, kelly had fun. ♪ ♪ at one point he floated in a gorilla costume for a personal mission to inspire the next jen ration of space pioneers.
>> i think it is part of our job, responsibility, to do that as the the public face of nasa. you know anything we can do to get them more excited about studying science, math, engineering, technology, is, is something we should be doing. >> kelly posted more than 700 stunning images on social media. the view struck him too. >> more of the like, tough fighter pilot kind of guy. but not after spending a year in space. i think i am a little more compassionate now. >> it changed you? >> i think it does change you. when you spend all of this time removed and, and detached from earth, and you follow what's going on on earth. and you know, mostly what the news reports is, is not good stuff. >> you look down below. >> we should be doing better. we can do be ♪ dry spray? ♪ that's fun. ♪ it's already dry! no wait time. this is great. it's very soft. can i keep it? (laughs)
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embassy, three djs put on a show. >> havana, cuba! >> reporter: that made history. ♪ now that i need you ♪ ♪ >> reporter: it seemed like every young person in havana was there. this wasn't the music of their parents. it was theirs. >> the music speaks for itself. they don't know who we are. just the sound. the music. >> they are major lazer, trio of djs known by walshy fire, diplo, founding member. you said this is the most important show you have ever done? >> pressure is on us to do something. kind of an amazing opportunity. >> reporter: you had to do this? >> it's important. also important to create something new. that's why i first started to make music. first started to rent old vfw halls in philadelphia, kegs, parties, played our music. we had to f find a way to do it.
nobody was helping us. important to keep die logs and parties happening. what we are doing here in havana. >> reporter: diplo became a producer, creating beats for mia. and new sound for pop stars like justin bieber. ♪ where are you now >> this pasty, he and major lazer created the hit "lean on." >> spotify says the most -- >> streamed song ever. >> ever. >> of all time. i think that particular song speaks volumes. it is very worldwide. you know even in america we are not a huge act by any means, major lazer. everywhere else, turkey, china, india. >> reporter: south korea. jamaica. mexico. brazil. everywhere, a huge hit. ♪ ♪
it is a special time right now. on the radio for instance, you have to have a revolutionary sound to, to kind of get people's attention. people are all churlly awa l-- are culturally aware. they're ready for something, chaotic and exciting. >> before i came down, i was at my computer. >> reporter: on the drive down the street that became his stage. we found out why diplo may be dance music's busiest man. >> week ago, from india to pakistan. >> plays more than 300 shows a year across the globe. striving to constantly push electronic dance music forward. for you, what do you hope to do with it? >> i think it is important to play places like this where the music is brand new. these are the guys that are going to change it, kids in havana, pakistan, india, that will bring it to a new level. ♪ ♪ >> reporter: there was rhythm on hand in havana. with little talk of politics.
it was after all, a free government approved concert. ♪ ♪ but in place of diplomacy, there was melody. ♪ ♪ everyone says they want to see cuba before it changes. but if this weekend was any indication -- the change is under way. ♪ all we need is somebody to lean on ♪ ♪ >> reporter: there was a sense that somehow this is -- an important time for the young cubans. >> right. >> for them to feel connected to the world. not isolated. >> first time they're getting connected. i was surprised how much they knew. how culturally aware the kids are. there is a blockade of culture reaching cuba.
hollywood films are big business in china. so far chinese-made movies have barely made a dent at the american box office. that could be about to change. seth doan reports from beijing. >> reporter: china is predicted to overtake america and become the world's biggest movie market by as early as next year. in this high stakes battle for the box office. chinese movie makers want to bring a blockbuster, american audiences can't resist. spoiler alert. one of the main reasons matt damon's character in the martia thanks to help from the chinese government. now matt damon is apparently trying to return the favor by helping a chinese film to land successfully in the u.s.
he signed on as the star of a $135 million chinese blockbuster called "the great wall" giving a big boost to its u.s. box office potential. the studio behind the great wall is the u.s. based legendary entertainment recent leap bought by a chinese conglomerate. and the film was shot in china. >> everybody in the cast was just so kind. and, and, welcoming to, to the western actors. >> while china wants to make sure films are seen in the u.s., u.s. studios are doing everything they can to tap the lucrative chinese market. damon and martian team made sure to visit beijing last year to promote the martian. they also included scenes that reflected positively on the chinese. >> yes, it was on purpose. they certainly wanted to make sure that, that this film was play well in china. >> chinese government only allows 34 foreign films to be shown in china every year. but some studios have teamed up
with chinese filmmakers and studiosen co-productions to bypass the 34 film restriction. kung fu panda three in co-pru co-production between dream works and chinese production. >> that is taking place on a large scale. really works well on beth side. >> reporter: chinese producers of the great wall are hoping a big budget and a big american star may be just the ticket. and the big break, a chinese film needs to really succeed in america. and, that's the "cbs overnight news" for this wednesday. for some of you the news continues. for others check back later for the morning news and of course, cbs this morning. from the broadcast center here in new york city, i'm michelle miller.
captioning funded by cbs it is wednesday, march 9th, 2016. this is the "cbs morning news." strong showing for bernie sanders and donald trump in the latest turn of the road to the white house. the vermont senator upsets hillary clinton in michigan, while the billionaire businessman moves closer to the republican nomination. he was the man behind the music. we will remember george martin who produced virtually all of the beatles legendary records. get ready to take a space cation. a private spe